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Reduced Heating and Spoilage

Question:

“Do all inoculants help reduce heating and spoilage?

Answer:

The simple answer is no. In fact, some heating is to be expected as a result of the fermentation processes that occur during ensiling. However, in the presence of oxygen, aerobic micro-organisms grow, which can cause significant heating and … read more

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Aerobic Stability

Question:

“How is aerobic stability measured?

Answer:

The aerobic stability of silage has become a “hot topic,” and yet this is the first time I have been asked how it is measured or determined!

Typically silage samples are taken from the undisturbed silage mass and are mixed by hand … read more

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Mold & Yeast Counts in Fresh Forage

Question:

“What mold and yeast counts could producers expect to find in fresh forages?

Answer:

It really all depends on local conditions, the crops, stage of maturity, stress events, damage events and the like.

Yeasts and molds are common on plants. They are saprophytes, meaning they live on and … read more

Posted in Feed Out, Inoculant, Mold, Molds, Mycotoxins and Other Spoilage Organisms, Nutrition, Storage Management, Weather/Temp |

Transported Baleage & Feeding in Winter

Question:

“I am looking at purchasing some round bale baleage that were wrapped in a tube. When moved, it would still have the some of the outer plastic but the ends would be exposed. How many days do I have to feed them in the winter?  Is 10 days too

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Cold Weather and Heating Silage

Question:

“It has been an awfully cold winter. Do I still have to be concerned with heating later this year or did the extreme cold eliminate this issue?” 

Answer:

Although it has been unusually cold this year, that doesn’t mean that the spoilage microbes that cause heating are gone … read more

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